Center for EcoTechnology

We make green make sense.

aka CET   |   Dalton, MA   |  http://www.centerforecotechnology.org

Mission

AT CET, we believe that each of us has the power to make a difference. The need to tackle climate change and build a just and equitable transition to the low-carbon economy is more urgent than ever. We work with partners throughout the country to transform the way we live and work – for a better community, economy, and environment. For more than 45 years, our innovative non-profit organization has offered practical solutions to save money, increase the health and comfort of our homes, and help businesses perform better. We make green make sense.

Ruling year info

1978

President

Ashley Muspratt

Main address

PO Box 275

Dalton, MA 01226 USA

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EIN

04-2611726

NTEE code info

Management & Technical Assistance (C02)

Recycling (C27)

Energy Resources Conservation and Development (C35)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Climate change, caused largely by human activity, is a significant threat to the environment, human health, and prosperity. We can reduce this threat, and other harmful impacts, by using less fossil fuel energy and less materials in our daily lives. People often lack the information and tools to take action in their homes, businesses, and communities, even when they are motivated to do so or regulations require these actions. We know that many individual actions at home and work add up to produce a big benefit to our community, economy, and environment.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Residential Programs

• We are partnering with E4 the Future, EPA, Berkshire Medical Center, and others to test an innovative approach that provides energy efficiency improvements in the homes of patients with severe asthma or COPD to improve indoor air quality and reduce health care utilization and costs.

• CET is partnering with the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (CEC), Energy Futures Group, and others to offer an innovative program to help middle income homeowners take advantage of solar PV and air source heat pumps in their homes.

• We provide energy assessments and related services to approximately 2,400 households annually for gas and electric utility companies through the Mass Save program, and for municipal utilities directly and through MMWEC’s HELPS Program.

• The Center for EcoTechnology provides Home Energy Ratings for over 200 homes in Massachusetts each year.

• CET offers assistance in design and verification for Passive House, Zero Energy, and LEED for Homes projects.

• We are accredited by the Building Performance Institute (BPI), a national non-profit that sets standards for weatherization and home efficiency contracting companies, and the Residential Energy Service Network (RESNET) as a home energy rating provider.

• We work in partnership with the Green Energy Consumers Alliance to offer Green Powered to thousands of households through utility GreenUp Programs.

• CET is partnering with MMWEC, the MA DOER and others on a Connected Customer pilot program to implement Demand Response technologies and practices in MLP customers’ homes.

• CET's EcoBuilding Bargains store saves used and surplus building materials from the landfill and sells them at low cost at our nonprofit retail store in Springfield. We also refer property owners to deconstruction services as a green alternative to demolition throughout southern New England.

Population(s) Served
Adults

• We act as a catalyst to accelerate the development of a vibrant marketplace and effective public policy to divert wasted food from the commercial and institutional sectors to all levels of the waste hierarchy. We have been a leader in the wasted food reduction and diversion movement for over 20 years, implementing some of the first wasted food composting programs in the country and creating and operating an award-winning food waste reduction effort in Massachusetts. We offer program design and implementation services throughout the Northeast U.S. and beyond, and consulting services to provide information and advice nationally.

• CET partners with utility companies statewide to provide customer engagement services in the Commercial, Industrial, and Small Business sectors offering sales, marketing, vendor referrals or coordination, and tracking/reporting to help improve the customer experience, increase participation in energy efficiency programs, and maximize savings opportunities.

• CET is partnering with the MA DOER and Berkshire Gas, Columbia Gas, Eversource Gas, MMWEC, and select contractors on a pilot program to overcome barriers to increasing weatherization projects in the small business sector.

• CET is working with the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (CEC) and industry partners to increase the installation of solar hot water systems in commercial and farm facilities across Massachusetts.

• We provide technical assistance to businesses, farms, and schools for green initiatives including composting, recycling, waste reduction, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. We perform this work in partnership with state agencies, utility companies, and others, as well as on a fee-for-service basis.

• We partner with MassDEP to operate RecyclingWorks in Massachusetts, a recycling assistance program that helps businesses and institutions maximize recycling, reuse, and composting opportunities.

• We partner with MDAR to operate the Massachusetts Farm Energy Program to provide energy efficiency and renewable energy education, technical assistance, referrals, and project facilitation to Massachusetts farms.

• We offer Materials Separation Plan planning and program delivery to waste-to-energy facilities to prevent mercury-containing products from being thrown in the trash by residents and businesses. We also work with the Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC) to increase access to thermostat recycling options throughout New England, New York, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Minnesota, and Illinois.

• We administer The Green Team for MassDEP, a statewide program providing resources for teachers to help the environment through recycling, composting, and energy conservation.

• We are working with Westchester County, NY to estimate the quantity of food waste generated from local businesses and institutions and to provide recommendations for infrastructure investments that support alternatives to disposal.

Population(s) Served
Adults

• We provide education, technical assistance, and act as a clearinghouse for information about waste prevention, recycling, composting, energy efficiency, and renewable energy by offering online resources, hands-on workshops, forums, and tours.

• Our EcoFellowship Program provides a one-year paid fellowship to recent college graduates to carry out community outreach and education and other activities while gaining training and experience to become tomorrow's environmental leaders.

• CET performed a deep energy retrofit, funded in part by the MA DOER, of the older commercial building that houses EcoBuilding Bargains. The facility now uses 88% less energy and serves as an educational center for area residents and professionals.

• CET developed and administers the Community Climate Fund as a vehicle for colleges, universities, and businesses to invest in high-impact, local carbon reduction projects. The project portfolio ranges from energy efficiency and renewable energy interventions, to food waste reduction and building materials recovery. Projects are designed to yield significant environmental and social impacts along with experiential learning opportunities for students.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Carbon emissions reduced, equal to taking this number of cars off the road for one year

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our three-year goal is to reduce carbon emissions equal to taking 85,000 cars off the road for one year.

Energy saved, equal to powering this number of homes for one year

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our three-year goal is to reduce energy use equivalent to taking 35,000 homes off the grid for one year.

Number of tons of waste kept out of landfills

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our three-year goal is to keep 80,000 tons of waste out of landfills.

Number of people and businesses helped to take green actions to reduce their impact on the environment

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our three-year goal is 95,000 people.

Dollars saved by program participants saving energy and reducing waste

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our three-year goal is $70,000,000 in lifetime savings.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Center for EcoTechnology helps people and businesses save energy and reduce waste. From 2020-2022 we plan to:

Help 115,000 people and businesses:
-Reduce carbon emissions equal to taking 100,000 cars off the road for one year
-Keep 120,000 tons of waste out of landfills
-Save energy equal to powering 35,000 homes for one year
-Create $75,000,000 in lifetime savings for participants

And we'll move the needle in energy efficiency and waste reduction through innovative pilot efforts in areas of local carbon reduction projects, deeper retrofits/strategic electrification, peak load reduction, deconstruction, and more.

Impact

Expand our leadership role:
• Commercial wasted food
• Used building materials
• Energy efficient homes and commercial buildings
• Clean energy for farms

Innovate

Set the stage for deeper impact through pilot programs:
• Local carbon reduction projects
• Deeper retrofits/strategic electrification
• Peak load reduction
• Dconstruction
• And more!

Our 80+ professional staff have expertise in energy efficiency, renewable energy, waste management, and customer outreach and education. CET has extensive experience in all aspects of program development and delivery, including planning, budgeting, program administration, evaluation, and monitoring of performance.

We work with partners from industry, government, foundations, and the community to help people and businesses save energy and reduce waste. We act as a catalyst to spur marketplace development and effective public policy to divert wasted food from the commercial/institutional sector to all levels of the waste hierarchy. We have been a regional leader in food waste reduction and diversion for over 20 years, implementing some of the first food waste composting programs in the country and creating and operating an award-winning food waste reduction effort in MA. We have expanded these efforts into CT, RI, PA, NY, and are in the process of adding more Northeast states and advising on other state and local policy and programs nationally.

We serve thousands of residential, commercial, agricultural, institutional, and government customers each year in both the retrofit and new construction markets. Our staff are qualified to perform energy modeling and building code analysis and training, and provide Passive House, Zero Energy, LEED, BPI, and RESNET assessments and certifications. We provide customers with energy assessments, energy action plans, and guide customers through complicated utility, state, and federal grant, incentive, and rebate applications. We partner closely with dozens of energy efficiency and renewable energy companies to provide coordinated services, training, referrals, job specifying, contractor arranging, oversight, and quality assurance. This collaboration helps support industry success and growth and ensure successful outcomes for our clients and their stakeholders.

The Center for EcoTechnology’s store, EcoBuilding Bargains, is the largest used building materials store in New England. EcoBuilding Bargains accepts donations of quality home improvement materials and sells them to the public at discounted prices. We help New England homeowners prevent perfectly good building materials from going to the landfill and make home improvement more affordable for more people.

Our EcoFellowship provides passionate and high-achieving college graduates with a one-year paid position to carry out outreach, education, and other activities related to climate action initiatives in western MA. The EcoFellowship draws a competitive pool of applicants from across the country who seek mentorship from our staff as they launch their careers as environmental leaders.

CET is at the cutting edge of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and waste reduction, spearheading an array of pilot projects in food waste reduction, local carbon offsets, deeper energy retrofits, and building deconstruction, and more.

We met or exceeded most of our 2017-2019 three-year goals, which were to: help 95,000 people take green actions, resulting in energy saved equal to powering 35,000 homes for a year, a reduction in carbon emissions equal to taking 85,000 cars off the road for a year, and $70,000,000 in lifetime savings.

The Center for EcoTechnology has set an ambitious goal for 2020 through 2022 to help 115,000 people and businesses:
Reduce carbon emissions equal to removing 100,000 cars off the road for a year; Keep 120,000 tons of waste out of landfills; Save energy equal to powering 35,000 homes for a year; Create $75,000,000 in lifetime savings

We could not do all this without our many partners, including utility companies, government agencies, foundations, industry associations, local communities, and local contractors.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Center for EcoTechnology

Board of directors
as of 05/09/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Janet Warren

Community Member

Paul Gavrity

Community Member

William Moomaw

Tufts University

Laura Dubester

Past Co-Director

Kit Dobelle

Community Member

Ruth Blodgett

Community Member

Stephen Davis

Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation

Peter Jessop

Community Member

Stephen Sears

Self-Employed

Jennifer Marrapese

United Personnel

Janet Warren

Community Member

Scott Soares

Boston Bay Consulting

Nancy Nylen

Past Associate Director

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/9/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/05/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
Policies and processes
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.